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I have not been blogging for several reasons. I had been studying for my PHR exam since October and took the exam this past Monday (I passed).  So most of my free time was taken up with studying.  This is a goal I have had in my professional life for a few years and I am proud to finally accomplish it!

I did some sewing for gifts over the holidays.  I have been making “Hold Anything” bags from a cute pattern if found in this book.  I made a few for a brunch I had in November and they were so simple, I made seven to fill and give as gifts over the holidays.

I made a few more for a League of Women Voter’s event I have next Saturday. Here are my most current versions:


I plan to fill with with either some small gift or plants to use for the Chinese Auction we are having.  I used Heat and Bond for the appliques.  It was a fun project and they go together quickly.

I have some fabric cut out for some pants which I desparately need.   I am glad that I took some time to sew. I am really pleased with how these came out! 

My word for the year is confidence and I plan on going into everything I do with a positive attitude.  I am grateful that I have been so successful and I have had the confidence and support to accomplish everything I have. 

Have a great weekend everyone!


I have not done much sewing. I went shopping last weekend and bought some fabric for some pants (I need black pants badly) but I had things going on every evening this week and just did not have time.  Today was my only really free day and I had a horrible migraine all day, so needless to say none today.   But I do hope to get one pair of pants at least cut out this week.

I work in Human Resources and I am currently taking a class to so I can test for my PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification. I have worked in HR for almost 10 years and taking this class makes me feel like I don’t know anything.   We are using the SHRM Learning System. It is almost like a college course, but well worth it if it will help me pass the exam. 

This will be more of an addition to my gratitude journal. I am grateful that my headache is gone, that I got a raise at work this passed week. I am very grateful that I have such a good job with a great company.  Not everyone can say that. 

Hopefully, I will have more sewing and more pictures soon!

In the office where I work, we designate one day per month for a birthday treat to celebrate the birthdays of all staff members in the month.  They try to change up the birthday treat and not just get cake each month.   Well, since its summer, they got ice cream this month.  DQ Dilly Bars to be exact!!!  I cannot remember that last time I had a Butterscotch DQ Dilly Bar. I don’t eat a lot of ice cream but I used to eat these as a kid. It was so fun to have them again.  By the way, I prefer the hand dipped ones that they made when I was a kid versus the pre-packaged ones they have today.  But, I still felt like a kid again enjoying the sweet treat.  Now that it something to be grateful for!

I don’t know if I have mentioned in previous blogs that I am working to balance good eating habits and exercise.  At 41, I really need to take control of my health.  This is part of my try it again…I always seem to be trying to lose weight, trying to improve my exercise.  I joined a challenge group to do Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred. We are on day 14 and I have done it every day but 3. I moved up to level 2 today to give myself more of a challenge.  Here is a link to the website if you are interested

I am so grateful for the internet that provides us with so much information and support on so many topics.   It has certainly helped me stay motivated and accountable. 

My boyfriend sold a house he owned in Columbus. I will not go into the entire long story leading up the sale of the house but it sold after being on the market for only 6 weeks.  We are so happy.  Closing date is the last Friday in May and then we are out from under it.  We will be free of a lot of burdens.   I think this year we can enjoy our summer. 

I will get up early tomorrow and exercise and then begin my week toward health and wellness.

I am really learning to appreciate life every day.

I have not been around in a while.  I have been exercising in the mornings and going to bed really early and I just cannot seem to find the time. 

I am grateful right now that my boyfriend has his job.  He works for GM and it was touch and go for a while. He has been back to work since September and that is really good for him.   I am grateful we are both so successful and financially responsible.  You never know how much you appreciate your job until you do not have it.  I heard a woman at the hair salon complaining that her husband got called back to work but now he works too much overtime. I know it sucks to work so much but many people did not get called back at all.  Sometimes it is hard to appreciate what you have.

I have an event coming up this weekend for an organization I belong to and I am really looking forward to that.  I work hard in the League of Women Voters of Trumbull County and I am currently 1st VP.  I am really beginning to enjoy it.

Summer is coming.  We are planning our vacation that we will be taking in July. I cannot wait.  Life is good!

I had a coupon code for 25% off and free shipping plus two gift cards to my favorite store so I am in a really great mood.  What should I include in my gratitude journal today?  Besides the good deal on clothes.

I seem to be beginning to repeat my thoughts. Not much happens in my life during the week sometimes. 

I am grateful that I made it safely too and from work today. Not that there was anything to be worried about but you never know what it going to happen on the freeway.

I am glad that I have a good relationship with my family. I have heard severals stories from coworkers or friends lately that are sad.  Family that just does not get along for so many silly reasons. I suppose they don’t think they are silly. Life is too short to not appreciate your family.

I hope to get up early tomorrow. This is part of my goal to start working out before work. I figure if I get up earlier for 4 or 5 days, I will be used to it and when I get up early to exercise it will not be as hard.  Wish me luck!

So my gratitude journal today includes frustration. 

1. I had a big issue with my bank over how they post cash that is deposited into the ATM machine.  I won’t go into details but I will be moving my checking account back to my credit union.  The thing I am grateful for is that I have money in my checking account and a good job that covers my benefits and pays my bills. That is a lot more than a lot of people have.

2.  Was frustrated at the boyfriend today?  I won’t get into details about that either however, it deals with all of our vacations are gambling and drinking and I want to do something different.  Long story short we are still deciding but I am gratful that I have a wonderful man in my life for 15 years and that we never go to be mad. 

3.  I am joining an exercise challenge starting May 3.  I am doing the 30 day shred for 30 days.  Wish me luck.  I am grateful that I have the guts and ability to try and Iwill succeed even if I don’t do 7 days straight.

That is all.  Have a great Wednesday tomorrow and God Bless!

Gratitude today comes from spending a great day with my family.  A sewing group my mother belongs to had their annual meeting and I went with her and my middle sister.  We had such a fun time. I treated myself to a purse and bought some birthday gifts for my co worker’s.  It was a fun, relaxing morning with  no worries.

I am also grateful for my health. I know I said this the other day but I am grateful for it everyday.  One of the women at the group has a grown daughter with ALS. They had previously had a fundraiser for her and she was thanking everyone for their help. The daughter with ALS was there and they explained how they were going to use the funds to buy her a device that she could text into that would talk/speak for her since she no longer had the ability to speak.  That must be so frustating for her.  I hope that if God chooses to give me a debilitating disease that he gives me the strength he gives everyone else. I looked at her and thought I could never do that.

My sister brought me an early birthday gift.  A giftcard to my favorite clothing store and some of my favorite snacks from Trader Joe’s.  Edamame Crackers…

The rest of the day I spent working on some crafts and washing the dishes. I am grateful for relaxing, stress free days.

My Gratitude Journal for today starts with the alone time I had today.  My day was not stressful but on Friday night, I just want to do nothing and I did.  I really appreciated this time to regroup and relax at the end of the week. It allows me to enjoy and appreciate what I have.

I am fortunate to have a good job that allows me to have the things that I need to live comfortably. I don’t have to wait until next payday to buy food or pay the phone bill. My gratitude also extends to my parents who taught me to be fiscally responsible so I do not have to struggle. 

I will leave you with my final thought: I did not eat as well as I wanted to today or get in any exercise but I am comfortable with my choices and I am satisfied with the small progresses I have made.  Being able to be satisfied with who I am is a great accomplishment. 

Until tomorrow, be grateful and have a blessed day!